“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” ~Zig Ziglar
At one point or another, we all experience some level of social anxiety. Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations or around those we don’t know well is perfectly normal, and there is hope for overcoming it. Instead of running from your fears, you can find empowerment and inner strength by facing them head on.
What is Social Anxiety?
Unlike general anxiety, which is characterized as a discomfort, fear or paranoia of the world around you, social anxiety is a subset of anxiety that is triggered through interactions with others. Many who suffer from social anxiety describe a fear of being judged or scrutinized and often report feeling alienated by those around them. Here are three tips for moving forward.
3 Tips for Overcoming Social Anxiety
- Try Meditation
Sometimes it helps to learn more about yourself in order to understand why you are the way you are. While meditation can help calm your inner self and encourage you to unleash the strong spirit that lives within, it can also help you sort out external social relationships and gain a better understanding of those around you. Are you new to meditation? Try sitting quietly and reflecting on your life for 10 minutes each morning or evening.
- Keep a Journal and Set Goals
Knowing what sets off your social anxiety is one of the keys to overcoming it. Try keeping a journal or diary where you reflect on your experiences and how interactions with certain people make you feel. Awareness is important and may help you identify patterns you were previously unaware of. Setting goals can also be helpful; make a list of things you would like to see in your future and you will have a clear vision to strive toward.
- Work with a Therapist
A therapist can be a great resource for you if your social anxiety feels out of control or is interfering with your ability to perform daily activities and live a normal life. There is no shame in accepting help; you will only benefit yourself and a therapist can help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
Social anxiety doesn’t have to ruin your life and it doesn’t define who you are. You are a strong, confident and capable person who is deserving of love and happiness. For more tips and becoming the person you want to be, read additional articles on my blog or pick up a copy of my book, Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time To Waste.